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Independence Day Celebrations

Saturday, June 30

Ice Cream Party , Howell Living History Farm, Valley

Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299. Old-fashioned ice cream

party with music, wagon rides, games, contests, children’s craft


and ice cream making. Free. 10 a.m.

Montgomery Township , Orchard Hill Elementary School,


Fourth of July celebration begins at 4 p.m. with music, games, rides,

and food sales. Fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Sunday, July 1. Free.

4 p.m.

Hillsborough , Auten Road School, 908-369-4313.


of Stars," variety show entertainment by individuals and groups.

Fireworks begin at dusk. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Concert Under the Stars , Riverside Symphonia,


Park, River Road, Erwinna, Pennsylvania, 609-397-7300. This popular

annual July Fourth concert features patriotic favorites, American

show tunes, and movie themes performed by the 60-piece professional

orchestra directed by Mariusz Smolij. Park gates open at 6 p.m. for

picnicking and music by the Ursa Major Jazz Band. Bring a picnic or

purchase grilled food at the park. Advance ticket purchase


$18 adults; $10 children. 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 1

Freehold Boro , Freehold Raceway, Route 33, 732-946-2711.

Annual independence day celebration features rides, music, food, and

vendors. Music, magic, stiltwalking, and juggling. Fireworks at 9

p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Variations on America , New Jersey Symphony


Mercer County Park, West Windsor, 800-ALLEGRO. Pack a cooler and a

blanket and bring the family to a free outdoor concert followed by

fireworks. Conductor Mark Laycock leads the orchestra in a patriotic

program that includes works from Copland, Ives, and Ellington, plus

the traditional "1812 Overture" and "George M. Cohan


Free. 7:30 p.m.

Jim Thorpe , Memorial Park, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania,


Picnic and entertainment all day in Memorial Park followed by


at dark. Free. 8 p.m.

Monday, July 2

Trenton Thunder , Waterfront Park, 609-394-8326.


Scout Night with fireworks after the game. $8. 7:05 p.m.

Spirit of Princeton , Princeton University Fields,


Road, 609-924-3118. A grand Garden State Fireworks display by the

Spirit of Princeton citizens’ committee. Parking is off Faculty Road

only. Handicapped parking available. Raindate is July 3. 9:15


Tuesday, July 3

East Windsor Township , Etra Lake Park, 609-443-4000.


Day celebration begins with music of John Philip Sousa performed by

Jerry Rife’s Band, followed by music by the Trenton Brass Quintet

at 8 p.m., and the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Raindate is July

6. Free. 6 p.m.

Wall Township , Municipal Complex, 732-449-8444. Family

events begin at 6:30 p.m. with kids races, clowns, and music by Bill

Turner & Blue Smoke. Fireworks display by Girone follows at 9 p.m.

Raindate is July 4. 6:30 p.m.

Red Bank , Marine Park, Warf Avenue, 888-447-8696.


begin at dusk featuring fireworks. Raindate July 4. 7 p.m.

Trenton Thunder , Waterfront Park, 609-394-8326. The


against Harrisburg with a fireworks display after the game. $8.



Manasquan Beach , Main Beach, 732-223-0544. Outdoor concert

by the Tim McLoone Atlantic Coast Band and the Shirleys followed by

a fireworks display at dusk. Raindate is July 6. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Veterans Park , 609-890-3684. Concert by the


Greaseband followed by fireworks. Raindate is Thursday, July 5. Free.

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4

Ewing Township , Green Lane, Ewing, 609-883-2900. At 10

a.m. parade steps off at Buttonwood and Parkside Avenue and proceeds

to Ewing High School. At 7 p.m., DJ entertainment followed by


at dusk. 10 a.m.

Long Branch , Oceanfront Promenade, 732-222-0400.


2001," Billed as the biggest Independence Day celebration on the

Jersey shore features sandcastle building competition, basketball

tournament, children’s activities, clowns, food, extreme sports


plus 75 arts and crafts vendors. Music by the Capris at 7 p.m.,


by world-class fireworks display on the beach below the promenade.


Ocean City , On the football field at 6th Street, off


609-525-9300. Festivities begin with bike parades at each end of town

and fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Thursday, July 5. 10 a.m.

Washington Crossing Historic Park , Village of


Route 32 and 532, Washington Crossing, 215-493-4076. "A Glorious

Fourth" features the Coryell’s Militia who fire off cannon salutes

in memory of General Washington, plus demonstrations in early American

crafts, paper making, blacksmithing, and open hearth cooking. Colonial

games for children and costumed guides. $5 adults; $3 children. 10

a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome America Festival , Philadelphia, 800-770-5883.

The week-long festival culminates with a 14-hour "July Fourth

Finale" celebration that includes a parade, the tapping of the

Liberty Bell, a pop concert, and lavish fireworks. Website:

The Liberty Medal and Independence Day Ceremony takes place at


Hall at 9 a.m. Let Freedom Ring begins at 12:30 p.m. in Independence

Square. The Pennsylvania Memories Parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. on

Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Sweet Sounds of Liberty concert and


begins in front of the Art Museum at 8:30 p.m. 10 a.m.

Princeton Battlefield Park , Mercer Street, 609-921-0074.

A lecture on the Battle of Princeton takes place near the flagpole,

and a Revolutionary War reenactment group will perform their historic

drills. The Clark House Museum is open for tours, with 18th-century

games for children and adults, and refreshments. Free. The park is

the site of the January 3, 1777, Battle of Princeton when General

George Washington defeated British forces in one of the more fiercely

fought battles of the American Revolution. The Clark farmhouse, now

open to visitors, was used as a field hospital and the site of General

Hugh Mercer’s death. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bucks County Historical Society , Fonthill, East Court

and Route 313, Doylestown, 215-345-0210. "Old-Fashioned Fourth

of July" with decorated bike parade, pony rides, old-style ball

game, watermelon eating contest, antique bicycle demonstrations, and

music by the Silver Dollar Production and E.B. Cornet Band. Basement

tours of Fonthill available.$2 adults; $1 children. Free parking.

Noon to 5 p.m.

Redd McGuinness , New Hope’s Historic Barge, South

Main Street, New Hope. An Independence Day afternoon adventure in

music, original and eclectic, on 12-string guitar, harmonica, and

keyboard, with audience participation. Bring an instrument. Free.

1 to 4 p.m.

Franklin Township , 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset,


"Fourth of July Extravaganza" with War Memorial dedication

at 4 p.m.; Senior Center ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.; entertainment with

Timbo the Clown, Korean and Phillipino entertainers, Master Yu’s


Elizabeth Dodd Jazz Quartet, and National Cheer Academy begins at

6 p.m. Music by the Famous Duprees at 7:30 p.m., followed by


Food sales benefit the Franklin Township Food Bank. Raindate is


June 8. Free. 4 p.m.

City of Trenton , Labor Department Lot, South Market


609-989-3169. Music, food, and activities followed by fireworks


at dark. Free. 7 p.m.

Independence Day , Lawrence Township, Rider


Campus, Lawrenceville, 609-844-7065. Music by the Lawrence Community

Band followed by fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Friday, July 6. Free.

7 p.m.

New Brunswick Recreation , Boyd Park Waterfront, Route

18, New Brunswick, 732-745-5125. Event begins with a marine corp color

guard followed by music from the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Fireworks

display at dark includes a patriotic display. Shuttle service provided

from Neilson Street parking lot. Free. 7 p.m.

Bordentown Township , North Community Park on Groville

Road, 609-298-2800. Entertainment, fireworks at dusk. Raindate is

July 7. 7:30 p.m.

Copper Penny Players , York Street Park, Lambertville,

609-397-8700. Fifth annual "Fourth of July Sing-Along" for

all ages hosted by the area singing group. Bring a flashlight or


Sing-along songsheets provided. Free. 8 p.m.

Beach Haven , Bay Beach, 609-492-2800. Fireworks display

over the bay at dusk. 9 p.m.

Seaside Heights , Boardwalk and Webster Avenue,


Fireworks displays you can view from the beach. 9 p.m.

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